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Kruger in September

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Kruger in September

Unread post by kite » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:34 pm

Heartened by some interest and thank you all for your responses, ( especially to "Kruger in January" from Granny and Bush- Baptist ) lets try "Kruger in September"
Spring at last, so what was your experience like?
Weather unpredictable, hot with the odd cooler day or night, and rains starting?

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Re: Kruger in September

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:37 pm

Windy :lol:

Dry and windy ... but is there ever not a perfect time for Kruger.

Also a fair bit of cloud, but not rain. Rains come mid to late Oct.
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Re: Kruger in September

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:40 am

Northern Kruger in September.

Going home at Kanniedood dam.

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Luvuvhu river.

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Isolation at Tshanga look out.

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Buffalo crossing on a dusty road.

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Re: Kruger in September

Unread post by kite » Sun Sep 27, 2015 11:53 pm

Any updates on September in Kruger?
Weather:- hot, cold, dry, wet?
Burnt veld, interesting sightings, birds back from their summer holidays far away?
Spring flowers, quiet or busy camps and roads?
Hoping you share some of your recent experiences! :lol:

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Re: Kruger in September

Unread post by Kaykay » Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:02 pm

Hi Kite, quite a while since your question but we were in Kruger this September past - 3 days in Lower Sabie and 2 in Satara. Whether varied between extremely hot and quite coolish with mist in the morning. Not any real rain tho. Don't know if that helps :)

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Re: Kruger in September

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:45 pm

Yoda wrote:So, I have made a booking for the last week of September 2018
South and central

It's been many years since I was in Kruger at this time of year

What can I expect ?

1) Daytime and night time temps?
2) veld condition and game viewing
3) birding?
4) anything else.


Ths year and last year we visited just before end end of Sept. Stayed in Skukuza both times.
Rain on both visits at least one day - it is after all almost the start of the rainy season. Not freezing, and not as hot as March / April. Having said that, temps before we went were up to 35-38. When we were there is was high 20s to low 30s.


Bush is still dry, so you can see a lot, especially smaller antelopes.

Birding is always spectacular - but it will be to early for some of the summer visitors. But I logged 144 species during our 4 night stay during this year's visit. We did early morning walks on 2 mornings in camp, and logged more than 50 species each morning.

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Re: Kruger in September

Unread post by Crested Val » Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:13 pm

I think Karen has said it all. :thumbs_up:

We were in Phalaborwa at the end of September for several years running, and found things much the same in the Phala Gate/Mopani/Letaba area.

I was quite shocked to see how brown and dry the bush was, because prior to that we had always visited Dec and January when it was much greener, but sightings were so much easier. :dance:

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Re: Kruger in September

Unread post by Yoda » Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:13 pm

Karin Mitton wrote:
Yoda wrote:Karin, CV thanks for the replies.

I know that no month in Kruger is a bad month.
But was wondering if Sept will still be winter conditions or moving into summer.
In recent years I have gone in November/December, so this will be something different for me.


Yoda,
Our weather here in SA has been incredibly unpredictable this past few months. We went from Winter to summer with very hot conditions in the first part of September, and since then it has been up and down. One day hot and one day cold - I had to sleep in my winter PJs on Saturday night! :big_eyes: (Johannesburg) in November! :big_eyes:

it should not be quite as hot as a NORMAL Nov/Dec. But pack both your bathing suits and a couple of jackets!


Thanks.
It will prob still be warmer than our summer :doh:
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Re: Kruger in September

Unread post by Leaping Lizards » Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:07 pm

Hi Yoda

We were in Kruger, central regions, from 21st September this year until 2 October.

4 days were in the lower 20 degrees, the rest very hot. No green yet, so awesome sightings, but not dry either because of some rain here and there.

Night time temps already started going up, did a sunset drive without a thick jacket, just a jersey. Morning Drives still cold though.

Days also started getting longer.

All in all, end of Sep was an awesome time to go.

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September/October - Shimuwin, Letaba, Olifants, Talamati and Satara :P

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Re: Kruger in September

Unread post by Yoda » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:55 am

Leaping Lizards wrote:All in all, end of Sep was an awesome time to go.
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Thanks. What I wanted to hear!
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Re: Kruger in September

Unread post by Yoda » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:16 pm

My son asked if he would be able to swim.
I said I thought the water may be a bit cold.

Anyone swim while they were in Kruger in Sept?
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Re: Kruger in September

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:39 am

Yoda, the pools should be fine. The only pool that I find rather cold is Pretorius Kop.

Even in the much colder Highveld, we would start swimming in September.
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Re: Kruger in September

Unread post by Hippotragus » Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:21 pm

Last year in the August school holidays my granddaughter and several other people were swimming in the pool at a resort just on the southern border of Kruger. So September should be fine.
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Re: Kruger in September

Unread post by Yoda » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:23 pm

MM, Hippotragus

Thanks for the replies.
My son will want to swim no matter what the temps.
But if he spends too much time in cold water, he often gets ear infections. Not keen to be dealing with that!
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Re: Kruger in September

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:57 pm

Yoda, we used to swim in our pool in Phalaborwa in Sept. :dance:


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